Late in the second quarter of USC's 42-24 upset victory over #3 Utah last night, the Utes had a fourth and two on USC's 45-yard line when Trojans freshman linebacker Cameron Smith made the biggest play of the game.
Smith had already interception Utes quarterback Travis Wilson once (that came in the first quarter) and he did it again, this time he intercepted a Wilson attempt with his left arm and ran 54 yards to the end zone to extend USC's lead to 28-14.
Not bad for a true freshman, right. Since the moment he stepped on campus for spring practice after graduating high school a semester early, Smith was destined to be a star. He stood out in spring practice and shined in the spring game as he was named one of the starting linebackers with the injuries the Trojans were dealing with.
Smith, a four-star recruit from Roseville, California, continued to play above expectations, splitting time with the first and second-team defenses during fall camp.
Before the Trojans game against Utah, Smith had already established himself as one of the best players on defense and our writer Trajuan Briggs wrote a column in early October giving Smith high praise for his quick start to his USC career.
Smith followed his second quarter interception return for a touchdown against Utah with another interception in the fourth quarter. He also led the team with nine tackles.
In fact, Smith leads the team with 62 tackles through seven games and is on pace to become the first true freshman to lead USC in tackles.
Not bad for Cameron Smith, not bad at all.